Part of Buckley’s traffic light upgrade project includes installing new highway signs. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Part of Buckley’s traffic light upgrade project includes installing new highway signs. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Winter weather brings another delay to Buckley light project

Work is now expected for Feb. 21 at the Mundy Loss intersection, followed by Main Street on Feb. 26, and Park Avenue on Feb. 27.

February’s unseasonable weather caused problems on multiple fronts, including planned improvements to a trio of Buckley traffic signals.

With one delay already in the books, the state’s Department of Transportation announced final connections would be made to lights on state Route 410 at the intersections of Mundy Loss Road, Main Street and Park Avenue. The work was to take place Feb. 14 on Mundy Loss, Feb. 20 at Main Street and Feb. 21 at Park Avenue.

The DOT’s Cara Mitchell reported last week that a heavy blanket of snow doomed that timeline. Now, the plan calls for work at the Mundy Loss intersection to take place Feb. 21, followed by Main Street on Feb. 26 and Park Avenue on Feb. 27.

What hasn’t changed is the traffic impact the work will bring. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on each of the three days there will be law enforcement officers directing motorists through the intersections. That could be significant, as the DOT’s latest traffic counts show about 20,000 vehicles passing through Buckley each day.

The weather-related delay is just one more hurdle to be cleared in a project that carried a price tag of $2.3 million. Work started last August, with an estimated completing date of fall 2018. A shortage of materials — namely, the steel poles that reach over the highway and hold the three-color traffic lights — put everything on hold until this month.

The new lights are designed to work together to improve traffic flow. Mitchell said engineers will be working on timing issues once final installation is complete.

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